An older resident receives a coronavirus vaccine shot in Tokyo on Monday. | KYODO
An older resident receives a coronavirus vaccine shot in Tokyo on Monday. | KYODO

COVID-19 round-up

  • Japan’s slow coronavirus vaccine rollout has again shed light on the cautious process in place for vaccine approval in the country, reigniting the question of how to balance drug safety with the need to combat a public health crisis in a speedy manner.
  • The Japanese government has decided to ban foreign residents who have traveled to India, Nepal and Pakistan from re-entering Japan, amid an uptick in that region in new variants of the coronavirus.
  • Many local governments across Japan have started accepting coronavirus vaccination reservations from older residents at full scale, but some have been thrown into confusion by a flood of applications.
  • On Wednesday, Japan confirmed 7,056 novel coronavirus infection cases, marking the first figure above 7,000 in four days.


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